November 11, 2020 — As with so much in director Sam Raimi’s canon, The Quick and The Dead had the dumb luck of coming out at just the wrong time. While the Western had been ascending in terms of appeal at the start of the 90s, by ’95 the tides had shifted so that major Hollywood productions were in decline. There was enough uncertainty that producers were not confident for much of the film’s production history. From casting a very early career DiCaprio (coming just before Titanic and international stardom, DiCaprio would ultimately be paid out of co-star Sharon Stone’s salary), to bringing in a fresh-faced Russell Crowe, and script rewrites still ongoing just weeks before shooting, producers were still trying to steer the ship long after it left port. Spoilers Follow
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